What Breed of Dog Should I Get?
Are you looking for a small dog to suit your studio apartment or an outdoor guard dog that can protect your home and family? Would you prefer a dog that doesn’t shed? Can you provide the hours of exercise each day that some breeds need?
Deciding what kind of dog to get is as important as deciding whether to get a dog in the first place, and its important to choose the right breed for you and your family.
Here is a simple outline of some of the traits you should consider:
Your dogs’ personality can make or break your relationship with one another. Just as some people are always on the go and others are more relaxed, so too are different breeds. High-energy dogs are going to need a healthy outlet aside from tearing apart your carpet. If you are active you might like a dog that can accompany you on your daily walk or run. Alternatively, you might prefer a dog that is more independent and who is content to be left alone for periods of time during the day.
Small dogs tend to make better apartment dwellers while bigger dogs tend to need more space. Find out what height and weight that cute little puppy will actually grow up to become before you commit. A dog’s size has practical consequences too, and remember that the bigger your dog is, the more food it will need.
Indoor vs Outdoor
There are outdoorsy and indoorsy dogs just like there are people. British Bulldogs make great indoor pets, for example, because they are quiet, lazy, and often prefer minimal exercise. Labrador Retrievers are athletic, playful and love the water. As a result they have a tendency to gain a lot of weight and develop health problems if they do not get a suitable amount of regular exercise.
Choosing between a long haired dog versus a short haired dog should not just be based on looks. You should also consider the amount of time and money you are willing to spend on grooming. Beauty is expensive and sometimes maintaining those good looks doesn’t come easy! While long-haired dogs require brushing every other day, short-haired dogs may still shed and need protection from the cold in winter.